The Lancet Weighs in on DSM-V “Grief-as-Illness.”

In a lead editorial, The Lancet took the position that the proposed revision to the DSM that would modify the exclusion for bereavement “is not only dangerously simplistic, but also flawed.” The editorial goes on to say “the evidence base for treating recently bereaved people with standard antidepressant regimens is absent.”
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